Mar 08, 2014

Why is Google opposed to dual boot Windows/Android devices, and can they stop them?

Asus has shown interest in offering a dual boot Windows/Android laptop. Google is apparently not happy about this. Why would Google oppose it, it would still have Android and be a way to generate advertising revenue and app sales? Equally important, how can they actually stop it since Android is open source?


[Mar-13-2014] I wanted an answer too so i did hours of research a couple days ago. Google was quoted saying that they didn't wan't windows to ride off of their success in the mobile industry with a device that houses one of their own and windows. They said similar (almost exactly the same useing a synonym for riding of or something) about the samsung ative q[didn't make it]. Honestly I don't see the point of the windows mobile os because all it is is a windows computer without a hard drive which makes it practically useless. I would be happy with just a cheaper version of the transformer book trio[which made it] but i might as well take advantage of the transformer book duet. If you hadn't noticed google allowed the TBTrio because windows wasn't cutting into its mobile success and starts itchin when windows mobile os comes into play. Its plain childish, but all they're doing is fighting for money. Its time to go to change.org and petition or something.

Why would they want to allow Windows? It just means a potential competitor to Google's own operating system. And it looks like Google did have enough influence to stop it.

Dual Android/Windows tablets/laptops get the boot from Google

"Google is putting pressure on Asus not to go forward with such dual-booting devices. Similarly, “other PC vendors now also have intentions to stop plans for producing products featuring dual operating system features,” as “Google is trying hard to avoid its OS being combined with Windows.”

Digitimes Research believes that such dual booting systems will benefit Windows more than Google, by helping the former further increase its market share in the smartphone business."

Google has two OSes, Android and Chrome, and Android is meant to be the mobile OS, not the laptop OS. Android on a laptop muddies things up more than Google wants. Part of it, I’m sure, is that Google is trying to establish Chrome as a viable laptop (ok, Chromebook) OS alternative to Windows, and having a dual boot system is implicitly admitting that Windows is still an OS that let’s you do things that Android does not, and (2) Android is preferable to Chrome on a laptop. Neither of these things are messages Google wants reinforced. 


As for what Google can do about it, well, Asus might want to continue to make Nexus tablets. I suspect if they rock the boat too much and don’t accede to Google’s request on the dual boot machine, we might be seeing Nexus tablets from LG or Samsung next time around.

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